Richard Cory is envied by the common people he walks past every day and seems to have everything a person could ask for. Richard Cory is an immaculately dressed gentleman, who is refined and polite. The narrator comments that Richard Cory seemed to glitter when he walked and describes him as being "richer than a king." Despite Richard Cory's stately appearance and positive reputation as a consummate gentleman, he abruptly commits suicide on a calm summer night. While the narrator never directly states why Richard Cory kills himself, it is implied that he lives an isolated, empty life. Unlike the working class civilians, who the narrator collectively refers to as "we," Richard Cory travels by himself and seems to sorely lack human interaction. Despite having status and material wealth, Richard Cory lacks valuable relationships and opportunities for social interactions, which make life meaningful. While Richard Cory's reasons for committing suicide may be ambiguous, the poet's message is clear. Material wealth and social status are shallow qualities, which do not give life meaning or value.